This is just wrong on so many levels:

When employees of the University System of Georgia take their mandated furlough days, foreign workers with a special visa will not be joining them.

University System officials said placing these employees on unpaid leave would require approval from the federal government. About 750 of the system’s 40,000 employees have an H-1B non-immigrant visa, which allows employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty areas.

BTW, please contact the author if that article, Laura Diamond, to set her straight about this myth that is she propagating:

In order to receive an H-1B visa, an employer must show there are no Americans able to do the work, according to federal rules.

Here was my response to her shoddy journalism (feel free to copy paste and send to

Ms. Diamond,

In your AJC Aug. 13, 2009 article “University system won't furlough foreign workers,” the following statement is incorrect:

“In order to receive an H-1B visa, an employer must show there are no Americans able to do the work, according to federal rules.”

Here are the facts:

The DOL's Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2006-2011 (pg. 36) states: "... H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker."

The Federal Register, dated June 30, 2006, Section II, paragraph 4, "the statute does not require demonstrate that there are no available US workers or to test the labor market for US workers as required under the permanent labor certification program."

I request that the AJC print a correction to your erroneous claim. In the future, I suggest that you do some research instead of parroting the lies spoon fed to the media by the H-1B lobby.

Kevin Flanagan

Our colleges are one of the biggest consumers of cheap foreign workers and well-funded dowry dogs scamming their way into this country. Remember, the mythical "CAP" does not apply to non-profits. Hundreds of thousands of H-1Bs are employed by our universities. The schools even go out of their way to promote the displacement of American students and faculty to make way for mostly Indians:

"Many U.S. colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing U.S. companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are U.S. citizens. "In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements," advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own U.S. students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same messsage is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

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